The middle point you’re looking for is called the TC20. If you want to play this game for free, take your time, build two TC20’s, make them to legendary training 24/7 and lo and behold: a slow trickle of 5* heroes. About one every three weeks on average, if you’re working 2 of them.
Epic summons odds unfair? The only thing that I think is frankly unfair about them is that they are not disclosed, they are not exactly known to us. That, to me, is unfair. Are we talking 2%, 0,2%? Are the odds always the same, as I presume? Or are they at times changed for whatever reason, as others have theorized?
“Worth spending money on”. Interesting point. I can dissect that into two things: Caveat Emptor and Don’t spend what you’re not willing to part with.
Caveat Emptor: Look before you buy. Realize that your odds for a 5* or HOTM are piss poor. That’s primarily your responsibility. And part SG’s: be open about them odds so we can properly assess the value proposition.
Don’t spend what you’re not willing to part with. Keep yourself on a budget and stick to it, you have a spine now use it. That’s primarily your responsibility. And part SG’s, they’re operating the game in such a way as to consciously and unconsciously pulling all your strings to spend more. Which is allowed, but doing it while not being fully open about your value proposition (odds), well… I do expect that sometime in the near future that business won’t be considered adequately ethical. In games of chance, there is a responsibility to protect the consumer against themselves. The call to that responsibility is growing.